Second ‘GO Youth Conference’ (16 – 17 March) to spark Portuguese entrepreneurship



In 2008, a study made by a professor in the School of Economics at the University of Porto revealed that 35% of the students of Portuguese universities have entrepreneurial intentions, but the actual rate of entrepreneurship is 6.4%.

In order to help the youth in Portugal learn how to become entrepreneurs and to offer them role models of well-known founders that started at an early age, a team of young people are putting together the second edition of GO Youth Conference, that will take place on 16th and 17th of March in Lisbon.

The event will mainly have two parallel tracks, one focused on education and one on youth entrepreneurship.

Among the topics that will be discussed are teaching entrepreneurship in Portuguese schools and universities, the internationalization of Portuguese startups and investment opportunities for young entrepreneurs and advice on how to build a startup.

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • Antoine Verdon (Co-Founder of Sandbox Network)
  • Dale Stephens (Founder of UnCollege)
  • Edial Dekker (Founder & CEO of Gidsy)
  • Brian Wong (Co-Founder & CEO of Kiip)
  • Kasper Hulthin (Co-Founder & Head of User Engagement of Podio)
  • Paul H. Müller (Co-Founder & CTO of Adeven)
  • Mahbod Moghadam (Co-founder of Rap Genius)

The team behind it, people in between 17 and 26 years old, are putting their heart and soul to create an impactful conference that will help the youth in Portugal be more confident and knowledgeable on their entrepreneurial pathways.

Tiago Vidal, organiser: The idea came up two years ago when we realized there were no events that would empower youth to start their projects. We realized that the potential of young people was usually discouraged, so we wanted to build something that would change this.”

“For our second edition the main goal is to bring international speakers to share their experiences to Portuguese young entrepreneurs who need to understand the global playground and who need advise on how to improve their own projects/startups and teams.”

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